The University of Missouri has released a new set of policies for its on-campus residence halls, locking their entrances 24/7.
School officials insist that several organizations were consulted prior to rendering the new door access policies. The university’s local newspaper, the Maneater, reports that Residence Halls Association – which represents all students who live in residence halls – as well as the MU Police Department participated in the decision making process and both provided their full support for stricter door access.
Residential Life is Missouri’s one-stop-shop for any and all manner of student needs. ResLife examined research conducted in the campus safety to see how other universities have handled similar security issues in both Missouri and across the country.
Ten of the residence halls on Missouri’s campus already have restricted access, wherein doors to each building’s living areas are locked permanently and only residents can gain access with their ID cards. Non-residents, meanwhile, are permitted to access to classrooms and dining facilities, but only while a staff member is on duty at the front desk. The remaining exterior doors are locked around the clock.
The 11 residence halls that will be affected by the new door access policy will only see minor changes, according to university officials. Instead of the main entrance doors being open during the day while staff members are at the front desks, the doors will always be locked in an effort to ensure that strangers and unauthorized visitors aren’t able to wander into the residence halls.
While increased security at the door is a step in the right direction, it’s vital that students are well informed and take the policies seriously.
As part of Missouri’s new policy, the university will post signs within each residence hall reminding students not to let others in when they are entering through main entrances, unless of course they are certain the student lives there. Door access is a crucial element to campus safety, and policy changes like this can certainly go a long way in boosting campus security.